Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, most people go out for dinner. If you have a family this can get expensive. Try a few easy recipes to prepare a nice dinner for your loving family in no time.

Crock Pot

Get those slow cookers working. We often use it when we know we’ll be late getting home so dinner will be ready. The slow cooker is an asset on Valentine’s Day also. Most of the crock pots on the market today have a removable inner pot that is fashionable enough to serve at the table.

Cooking with a crock pot will free you up to do other fun Valentine’s Day things instead of standing in the kitchen. Some meal ideas for the slow cooker:
  •     Beef roast with vegetables
  •     Chicken cacciatore
  •     Roasted chicken with vegetables
  •     Swedish meatballs
The crock pot can be set to cook slowly (ten hours) or a bit faster (4 hours).

 Cook-Ahead Meals

Dinner can be harried even on Valentine’s Day. Watching boiling pots and hot skillets not to mention something in the oven can absolutely fry your brain. Free your mind to enjoy this day of love by trying a dish that is easy to prepare ahead of time and just needs to be baked on Valentine’s Day.

Casseroles are the easiest make-ahead dishes. They can feature beef, chicken, or pork. Even fish like salmon or tilapia can be marinated and dressed the day before and wrapped in foil to bake on Valentine’s Day. Avoid adding milk or eggs before you are ready to cook the meal. If the dish calls for cooked meat, cook and cube the meat the day before and combine all ingredients in the casserole dish when you are ready to pop it in the oven.
See more easy casserole recipes.


Five or Fewer Ingredients

Another alternative to the slow cooker or cooking ahead is using a recipe that has five or fewer ingredients. When you have fewer ingredients, prep time is cut dramatically. While the food is baking you can occupy yourself with spending time with the family.

With so few ingredients, kids can even help with dinner. To further cut preparation time, if anything such as vegetables need to be cubed, diced, or sliced so that the day before and refrigerate them.

See our 6 or less ingredient recipes.

Pasta dishes fall into this category. Besides the pasta, you usually have sauce and some sort of meat or seafood. The pasta, sauce, and meat can all cook at the same time which saves time.

On Valentine’s Day, you want to be occupied with family and/or your sweetie. Slaving in the kitchen is not in the game plan. With a little pre-planning, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time having fun.

Romaine Lettuce Hearts Finger Salad

What You Need:
2 hearts of Romaine lettuce
1 Tablespoon pecans, toasted
1 small red pepper
1/4 Cup Italian cheese, shredded
1 Cup Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

How to Make It:
Separate the leaves of each heart and place them on 2 salad plates.
Sprinkle the top of the lettuce with 1/2 T of the pecans per plate.
Slice the red pepper in half and remove the seeds and core.
Slice each half into half then cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter.
Place the red pepper hearts on top of both salads.
Top each salad with 1/8 C of the cheese.
Divide the dressing into 2 small bowls.


Wait there is a whole lot more Valentine Recipe Ideas for you

Valentine Kids Recipes
Family Dinner for Valentine's Day
Kids Valentine Dessert Ideas
Breakfast Valentine's Ideas
Valentine Desserts
Make it a healthy Valentine's Day
Simple Valentine's Meal Ideas
Simple touches for a fun kids Valentine meal
10 Homemade Valentine Food Ideas

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